People power has proved decisive once again after strength of feeling led more than 80 residents to defeat a controversial plan affecting their school and doctor's surgery.
The plans, by Simon Hands and Associates, proposed to build two houses near Grange Park Junior School, which would have obstructed an alley providing access to the school.
The proposals created serious concerns for the safety of school children because the reduced access would have led to crowding during peak times when the road is very busy.
The development would also have destroyed an access road to The Pine Medical Centre in Fedora Avenue, Hayes.
Residents objected to the proposals at a planning meeting at Hillingdon Council last Thursday, where a petition signed by 89 people was presented.
Sally Osmond, wife of the caretaker at the school, said at the meeting: "This is the third time I have sat here regarding this matter in front of the committee.
"Parents are concerned about the danger this will cause for children going to school as it is already a very busy road."
She added the development would also overlook residents' gardens, which infringes their human right to privacy.
Mrs Osmond said: "I would like the committee to see the site when parents are dropping and collecting their kids from school and you will see how congested it is currently, let alone with further developments."
Satvir Kahlon, practice manager at the clinic, said after the application was rejected: "The development would have blocked an access road which allows staff and patients to drive into the surgery car park, so this was a real concern to us and we're obviously relieved the application wasn't successful."
Councillor Peter Curling who represents Charville ward, said: "By reducing the access to the school it would have meant more children would be outside the school during peak times causing concerns over road safety.
"It would also have made it very difficult for the caretaker and his wife, as it would have blocked the main entrance to their house." Councillor Peter Curling, centre, and staff from The Pine Medical Centre. Picture by Chris Berry U16404-1